Searcy Sanitation Department

Code of Ordinances - Chapter 14 - Sanitation
(Revised September 2015)

The City of Searcy Sanitation Department is in the process of implementing our new side-arm trash trucks.  These new trucks will use a special trash container which the City of Searcy will furnish to all hand pick up customers.  The delivery of your new 96 gallon wheeled trash container is the first step in this process, and you may begin using it now.

Trash Service Days:

Beginning October 5, 2015 the city of Searcy will begin one (1) day a week trash collection. Collection is scheduled based upon your City Ward: Click here to view the Ward Map.

Ward 2 – Monday
Ward 3 – Tuesday
Ward 1 – Wednesday
Ward 4 - Thursday

Holiday schedules will be made available a week in advance in the Daily Citizen, on local radio stations and this site.  

Trash Collection Guidelines:

1. Trash containers must be placed at the curb in front of your house no later than 7:00 a.m. on your scheduled collection day and turned so that the handles and wheels are facing away from the street.   Trash containers cannot be placed curb side before 5:00 p.m. on the day prior to your scheduled pick up and cannot be left at curbside for longer than 24 hours after the scheduled collection day.

2. Trash must be properly contained in a tied plastic trash bag or other form of closed bag inside your city-issued trash container. 

3. The lid must be closed completely or trash will not be picked up.

4. City trash trucks must be able to access your trash container.

a. Trash containers must not be more than three feet from the curb so that the arm of the trash truck can reach them.

b. Vehicles must not be parked at the curb that could block access to the trash container.

c. No obstruction may be within 3 feet of trash containers such as mailboxes, additional trash containers, recycling bins, boxes, limbs or brush.

5. Trash containers are for general household trash ONLY and cannot contain unacceptable materials such as car batteries, wet paint, used oil, tires and yard waste (leaves/grass/sticks).

The City of Searcy is implementing this change because the current sanitation trucks are aging and costly to maintain.  These new side-arm trucks will significantly reduce the amount of manpower required, since only one operator is needed for the new trash truck instead of the three-man crews currently used.  The new side arm trucks will be using Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) which will save on fuel cost, are more reliable and will have less environmental impact.  The end result is a faster, more efficient collection process. 

In addition to greater efficiency, residents will see other benefits:  fewer problems with animals and other pests, since the containers will have tight fitting lids, neater appearance of neighborhoods since the trash containers will be identical, easier to “take out the trash” since the containers are wheeled and easy to maneuver.


Searcy Recycling Department

409 W. Beebe Capps Expressway
Searcy, AR 72143

501-279-1070

Business Hours: Monday-Friday 7am-4pm

Inside City of Searcy residents will receive a 1 time a week pick-up on recyclable items. Please contact City of Searcy Recycling Department at 279-1070 to obtain their route schedule and find out how to obtain a free set of recycling bins.

Download the City Recycling Brochure

Outside City of Searcy residents may feel free to bring their recyclable items to our Recycling Department at 409 W. Beebe Capps Expressway between the hours of 7am-4pm, Monday-Friday free of charge.

Download the County Recycling Brochure

E-Recycling services are available to everyone. If you live in City of Searcy limits please contact 279-1070 for free pick-up service of all electronics and if you are an outside city limit resident please bring your electronics to the recycling center during business hours.

Searcy Mulch Center

1840 N. Main
Searcy, AR 72143

501-279-1076

Business Hours: Monday-Friday 7am-4pm
Everyone is invited to use our Compost Center to obtain mulch for gardens or other needs free of charge.
Limbs and leaves may be dropped off during business hours.
*Mulch may be picked up after hours and is located outside the gate.


Leaf & Limb Pick-Up

Information
The Searcy Sanitation Department is working diligently to insure that all leaf and limb pickups are done in an efficient systematic method within the City.  The City of Searcy has assigned a brush truck to each of the four wards and works daily in their designated ward to keep abreast of the ongoing leaf and limb pickup.  We appreciate your patience in this process.

Guidelines
If you wish to have your leaves vacuumed simply rake them to the curbside.  Please do not rake leaves into the street, storm drains or ditches.  If you choose to bag your leaves please do so and put them at the curb. It is also important not to mix leaves and limbs together for pick up. 

Leaves and limbs cannot be picked up by our residential garbage trucks.  Residential garbage is taken to the transfer station and then to the landfill. Leaves and limbs are taken to the Mulch Center.

Residents may pick up free mulch Monday thru Friday 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Mulch Center located at 1840 North Main Street.

If you need additional information, please contact our
Sanitation / Recycle Center at 279-1000.


MOSQUITO CONTROL AROUND THE HOME AND OUR COMMUNITY

With the concern of the West Nile Virus and the growing problem of the mosquito population, we have compiled a few suggestions to help reduce mosquito populations by eliminating or properly maintaining these problem spots.

1. Do not store open containers, tires, etc. on your property where they can collect rainwater. Properly discard them as soon as possible.
2. Check flowerpots for excess water.
3. Flush out the water in birdbaths every few days.
4. Store boats, canoes and other objects so that they do not collect rainwater. Remove water that collects in depressions in tarpaulins covering boats and other equipment or objects.
5. Keep rain gutters free of leaves and other debris that prevent water from draining.
6. Correct drainage problems in your yard to prevent rainwater from pooling.

Some personal protection can be achieved through the use of insect repellents containing 20-30 percent Deet (N, N-diethyl-metatoluamide) applied to exposed skin, or wearing protective clothing when go out-of-doors.

The City will continue to spray insecticides to help control adult mosquitoes from congregating in heavily populated areas, such as parks, playgrounds, ball fields and neighborhoods, but once the chemical dissipates, the mosquitoes will return. We also use other types of chemical insecticides in large pools of water to try to eliminate breeding places, but these methods are expensive and difficult to maintain, especially with large amounts of rainfall, which we have experienced during the last few weeks.

The only long-term solution to the severe mosquito problem is modifying or eliminating breeding sites. In order to try to reduce the mosquito problem the city is asking that you help by following the suggestions listed above. It will take a community-wide effort and awareness of causes and solutions that will enable us to be more successful.

The City of Searcy has an ordinance in place requiring premises to be kept free from weeds, rank grass, garbage, rubbish and other unsightly and unsanitary articles; requiring property owners to eliminate, fill up or remove stagnant pools of water or any other unsanitary thing, place or condition, which might become a breeding place for mosquitoes, flies and germs harmful to the health of the community. Once a violation of this ordinance has been reported, the property owner(s) will be duly notified by the Mayor that they have twenty days in which to comply. If at the end of the 20 days the situation still exists, the Chief of Police is authorized to enter upon the property and have said weeds, rank grass or other vegetation cut and removed, or eliminate any unsanitary and unsightly condition and the cost thereof shall be charged against said premises and shall constitute a lien thereon.

If you have questions concerning mosquito control you can call City Hall for assistance or contact our local White County Cooperative Extension Service. You can also visit the following website: www.uaex.edu. The White County Health Department has been very helpful and checking on areas of concern throughout Searcy and White County. We appreciate your support of our efforts to try to keep Searcy a safe community for all our citizens.

(Excerpts of this article were taken from the University of Arkansas, United States Department of Agriculture, and County Governments Cooperating brochure by John D. Hopkins, Extension Urban Entomologist; Max V. Meisch, Entomology Professor, and Kelly M. Loftin, Extension Livestock Entomologist.)

Contact Information



409 W. Beebe Capps Expressway
Searcy, AR 72143

501-279-1000

Superintendent: Terry Rutherford

Supervisor: Daniel Clegg

Sanitation Clerk: Aleta Tyndall


Holiday Pickup Schedule 2019

Click here for the 2019 Holiday Pickup Schedule

Searcy renovates for E-Cycle Waste Program

The City of Searcy is taking a giant leap toward meeting mandates that will require adherence by January 1, 2010, banning electronics from the landfill. Landfills will no longer be able to accept any electronics at their facilities from that date forward. The Searcy facility was selected by White River Solid Waste Management District, Inc. to be a pilot program “Hub Site” along with Independence County, to begin implementation of a new E-Waste Recycling Pilot Program. Both Searcy and Independence County were approved for participation in this program by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality. WRSWMD is a ten county regional waste management district operated in conjunction with the White River Planning and Development District, Inc. ADEQ has partnered with UNICO, Recycling Business Group in Texarkana through the Green-Fed II E-Scrap Recycling Program, to take electronic waste at no charge for a period of three years. Six semi trailers will be placed around the state for the E-waste and collected by UNICOR, Searcy being one of those locations.

The City of Searcy recently received final approval from Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) for a $30,000 grant to make improvements, renovations and purchase supplies to the Searcy Recycling Center at 405 West Beebe-Capps Expressway (279-1000) in order for the City to participate in Green-Fed II. The Grant is 100% funded from ADEQ and will enable the City to increase the size of the loading dock on east side of recycling center and install a cover. This will allow for easier access for the trucks to load and unload supplies and provide protection from rain or icy weather conditions. The funding will also provide a 53’ trailer, floor jack to aid in loading pallets of e-cycle materials, Gaylord packing boxes, pallets and shrink wrap that will be used in preparing the electronics for shipping.

As depicted in the photo a load of e-cycle materials being loaded onto a semi-truck for UNICOR to take to Texarkana. UNICOR drops off an empty trailer and picks up the loaded trailer.

E-Waste is defined as the following electronic items:
  • Audio-Visual Equipment
  • Nintendo
  • Bar Coding Equipment
  • Oscilloscopes
  • Blackberry’s and Cell Phones
  • PDA’s
  • Cable TV Boxes
  • Peripherals
  • Calculators
  • Play Stations
  • Cameras
  • Plotters
  • CD Rom Drives
  • Power Supplies
  • Circuit Boards
  • Printers
  • Communication Systems
  • Tape Drives
  • Computer Equipment
  • Telephone/Systems
  • Copiers
  • Test Equipment
  • Fax Machines
  • TiVo’s
  • Floppy Drives
  • TVs
  • Game Moves
  • UPS
  • Hard Drives
  • X-Boxes
  • Laptops
  • Memory
  • Mainframes/Servers
  • Computer Scrap (Copper, metal or plastic)
  • Microfiche Readers
  • Microscopes
  • Modems
  • Monitors
  • MP3 Players

The City has begun to notify some of our local schools, industry and businesses about this new program in anticipation of the large amounts of possible e-cycle materials they may have to dispose of. We will be making an effort to distribute information regarding this program to all citizens and businesses very shortly. This article is the first effort of informing the public through the media of the operations and mandates concerning e-cycle materials.

There are many benefits to recycling of any kind. Those benefits add up to dollars and cents in savings from removing items of waste to be disposed of in the landfill decreases the amount of tons of waste the City is charged. Also, the City receives dollars from the sale of most recycling materials, mainly paper, cardboard, plastic, aluminum and tin. However, the City will not be able to sell the e-cycle materials we will be reducing the weight of those materials which will be significant savings. Also, the environmental benefits, resulting from recycling is phenomenal. We should all be stewards of our natural resources and participate in protections concerning our ground, water and air quality for health reasons, at the very least.

Electronics must be dropped off at the center between normal operating hours of 7:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Monday –Friday (closed on holidays). There will be an after hours drop bin for convenience located on the premises very soon. It is not possible for the City to pickup electronics at curbside at this time. The City will also not be charging fees for these drop off items at this time, as long as we continue to receive free shipping through the efforts of ADEQ and UNICOR, or unless costs of labor and materials mandate reconsideration.

The Searcy Recycling Center also services the counties of White, Cleburne, Jackson and Woodruff, due to their lack of recycling operations and our capacity of service, which also adds to the City’s revenues.

A note to keep in mind regarding hazardous materials: The City cannot accept the following hazardous materials for pickup for drop off: Refrigerants, Mercury, Car Batteries, paints, liquids of any kind, Oils/PCB’s, Acids or Radioactive Materials. The City is looking into solutions for disposal of hazardous waste materials in the near future.

The City is encouraging citizens to begin participating with this program now, so that once the mandates are in place, we will already be acclimated to the process and be in immediate compliance with ADEQ regulations. Please be assured that the City of Searcy strives to take a pro-active approach to environmental concerns and reducing costs in all areas of service.

Mayor Belinda LaForce
January 30, 2008